Stars Help USO Celebrate 75 Years

first_imgTo mark its 75th anniversary, the USO welcomed tour veterans, Medal of Honor recipients, military leaders, corporate partners and members of the USO Congressional Caucus to a reception earlier this month at The Hay-Adams, a historic hotel and Washington, D.C., landmark.Dr. Jill Biden delivered remarks to kick off the evening and Tina Tchen, first lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, read a letter from President Barack Obama honoring the USO on its anniversary.Actor Dennis Haysbert hosted the evening’s festivities and shared a few anecdotes from his USO tour experiences before introducing Retired Army Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., the chairman of the USO Board of Governors. Casey, the 36th Army Chief of Staff, recognized Bob Hope’s daughter, Linda, and thanked her for her family’s continued commitment to the organization.“We will never forget your dad and the way he boosted the morale of American service members around the world and brought those brave men and women home to us by televising his USO tours,” Casey said.USO CEO and President J.D. Crouch II and Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered heartfelt remarks before “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek talked about connecting with service members in isolated locations during his 13 USO tours.Five-time USO tour veteran Craig Morgan sang for the crowd of more than 300 while fellow tour veterans Kellie Pickler, Kyle Jacobs and Carla Hall looked on.To read the full article and to see photos, click here.Source:USOlast_img read more

West Fraser announces changes to operating schedules at sawmills

first_imgThe variable operating schedules for sawmill operations and the curtailment of plywood operations in B.C. are expected to commence September 16.West Fraser anticipates continuing the variable operating schedules at its B.C. sawmills until market and economic conditions support a return to full production. CHETWYND, B.C. – West Fraser has announced that it will be introducing variable operating schedules at five of its British Columbia sawmills.In a release, the company says these changes will result in an estimated decrease of production in the range of 15 to 25 percent of the current B.C. lumber production and will include operations at the sawmill in Chetwynd.West Fraser says the potential effect of the revised operating schedules could be an aggregate reduction by up to an estimated 100 million board feet through to the end of the year.last_img read more

70 of Moroccans Satisfied With Train Services ONCF Director

Rabat – ONCF director says customer satisfaction with Moroccan train services exceeds 70 percent.Following recent complaints against the Moroccan train services in the past few months, Head of the ONCF Rabie Khlie was summoned to the House of Representatives on Wednesday to answer MPs’ questions regarding the national train operator’s quality of services.Echoing users’ most common complaints, members of the House of Representatives said that Moroccan trains lack air conditioning, an adequate number of seats, and always come late. Some MPs from the opposition said that they have received complaints concerning hygiene problems and maintenance of train wagons. Khlie, however, insisted that most passengers are pleased with services on the Moroccan trains.Referring to a recent survey conducted by the ONCF itself, Khlie said that over 70 percent of the ONCF’s customers were satisfied.Rabie Khlie also unveiled the ONCF’s plan to extend its current lines and launch a new line from Marrakesh to Agadir. The project will cost the Moroccan railway operator more than MAD 24 million.Rabie further stated that new lines toward Beni Mellal and Safi would be launched in the coming years.Najib Boulif, who was also summoned to the parliament, seemed to have doubts regarding the statistics presented by Rabie Khlie. He said he hoped the “ONCF will give more realistic statistics in the future.”As for the projects to extend railway lines, Najib Boulif confirmed that 85 percent of Moroccan cities with populations exceeding 50,000 will be linked to the national transport network, particularly via railways or air transport, by the years 2035-2054.Edited by Timothy Filla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

PSG Offered EUR 150 million for Cristiano Ronaldo

Rabat – French football (soccer) club, Paris Saint-German, is determined to sign Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo at any cost.Based on previous bids, PSG has offered EUR 150 million for the football superstar, although without any luck.According to Globoesporte, PSG attempted to sign Ronaldo during the last summer transfer window offering EUR 150 million, but Real Madrid denied the offer. PSG is not expected to give up and they will allegedly persevere in trying to get the Portuguese sports celebrity.PSG is not the only club who wants Ronaldo. Manchester United has also expressed its interest in signing the three-time and reigning FIFA best player in the world.Yet, according to Globoesporte, the French club is the only club that put in a real offer. PSG’s likelihood of signing Ronaldo could be a possibility, since the athlete has spoken positively about Paris Saint-German, saying “they are a great club”.Besides being an exceptionally skilled soccer player, he Ronaldo has become a worldwide superstar. Landing the #3 spot in Forbes 2015 list of world’s highest paid athletes, Ronaldo at 30 years of age, makes US $52.6 million a year in salary and US $27 million in endorsements.The world’s most popular athlete with his good looks is making football clubs bid real high to attain him.Edited by Karla Dieseldorff read more

UN rights chief deplores conditions for civilians trapped in Sri Lanka fighting

“The perilous situation of civilians after many months of fighting, multiple displacements and heavy rains and flooding is extremely worrying,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a news release.Ms. Pillay is the latest UN official, along with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other heads of UN agencies, to express her concerns directly to the Government. “We are all seriously alarmed by the situation,” she said, “as are many of the NGOs and other organizations operating in Sri Lanka.” An estimated 250,000 civilians are trapped in areas of northern Sri Lanka where fighting continues between Government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Nearly 5,000 people have managed to cross the zones held by the group to Government-controlled areas since late November, according to the UN. Gordon Weiss, spokesman for the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka, said UN international staff members today accompanied a convoy of hundreds of wounded civilians away from the front lines.UN staff, he added, witnessed the injury and deaths of dozens of people over the weekend at close quarters, while the hospitals in the area are being overwhelmed by the numbers of wounded. “The fighting is only intensifying,” he said, in an interview with UN Radio.Ms. Pillay expressed concern at the highly restricted access to the Vanni region for aid agencies and impartial outside observers, including journalists and human rights monitors, noting that it “only adds to concerns that the situation may be even worse than we realize.”She also cited reports of forced recruitment, including of children, as well as the use of civilians as human shields by the LTTE. She condemned the fact that safe zones promised by the Government have subsequently been subjected to bombardment leading to civilian casualties. “People trying to flee the conflict areas are reported to have either been prevented from doing so, or to have been arbitrarily detained in special centres,” she said. “It seems there may have been very grave breaches of human rights by both sides in the conflict, and it is imperative that we find out more about what exactly has been going on. It is also urgent that civilians in the north can find safe shelter, away from the fighting.” The conflict had reached a “critical” stage, noted the High Commissioner. “While the Government has made military gains on one hand, the rule of law has been undermined on the other. “The killing of the prominent newspaper editor Lasantha Wickrematunge earlier this month was the latest blow to the free expression of dissent in Sri Lanka. The searing article he wrote prophesying his own murder is an extraordinary indictment of a system corrupted by more than two decades of bloody internal conflict.” She noted that there had not been any successful investigations or prosecutions of political killings, disappearances and other violations committed in recent years. “It is the Government’s duty to provide safety to all Sri Lanka’s citizens, whatever their ethnic origin or political views,” Ms. Pillay said. “That means not only protecting civilians during military operations in the north, but also ensuring space for journalists and human rights defenders to seek out the truth and expose abuses.” 29 January 2009Reports of the rapidly deteriorating conditions for some 250,000 civilians trapped in war-torn northern Sri Lanka have sparked concern from the United Nations human rights chief, who is also alarmed by alleged human rights abuses, civilian casualties and massive displacement in the area. read more

The big banks are hiking their fees — but experts say complacent

TORONTO — Several of Canada’s biggest banks are upping the fees that they charge customers even as they continue to rake in hefty profits, and experts say Canadians are likely too complacent to do much about it.TD Bank boosted a number of the fees associated with its personal deposit accounts starting March 1, including increasing the cost of using a non-TD ATM to $2 from $1.50.The lender also introduced a $75 fee to transfer a tax-free savings account to another institution.The large banks are just betting that the average consumer will just take it“We recognize that any changes can be challenging for customers and only after careful review do we increase our prices,” said TD spokeswoman Daria Hill.“We’re transparent about communicating these changes to our customers and we encourage customers to come and talk to us. There are ways for customers to avoid or minimize the impact of these changes, and we can help guide them to the options that best suit their needs.”Meanwhile, CIBC has since boosted the minimum balance needed to avoid paying a monthly fee for its Everyday Chequing Account to $2,000 from $1,000 and raised the fee for each transaction over 12 to $1.25, from $1.CIBC spokeswoman Caroline Van Hasselt said that although the bank did increase some fees this year, it also revamped its CIBC Smart Account to charge customers less during months when they bank less and to cap fees during more active months.Planning a summer escape? 23 ways to get away as a family without breaking the bankPeace of mind or just another headache? The pros and cons of putting your finances on auto pilotDown payment hike will only squeeze out more first-time home buyers, a top mortgage insurer warns“This helps to ensure that you’re always in the right account because it automatically adjusts to your needs,” Van Hasselt said in a statement.Meanwhile, Scotiabank and the Bank of Montreal are increasing some of fees associated with their credit cards.The changes come as the banks face pressures from low oil prices, slowing loan growth and rock-bottom interest rates.Despite those headwinds, Canada’s five biggest banks — TD, CIBC, Scotiabank, BMO and Royal Bank — earned a combined $8.12 billion of profit in their fiscal second quarters.That’s up from $8.07 billion in the same period last year.Ken Whitehurst, executive director of the Consumers Council of Canada, says it’s normal for banks — and other businesses — to raise fees they charge consumers even as they operate at a profit.“The banks have costs to cover and expectations from the marketplace about what their return on capital should be,” says Whitehurst.“They’re always going to be looking to increase margins as much as the market will bear. That’s what all businesses do.”Neil Gross, executive director of investor rights group FAIR Canada, says for the most part Canadian consumers are too complacent in terms of tolerating fees from companies such as banks, rather than switching to lower-cost options such as credit unions or some of the emerging financial technology startups.“The large banks are just betting that the average consumer will just take it and will have too much inertia to move their accounts to some other alternative,” Gross said.“We definitely need to be noisier and more willing to move to the innovators who do respond, or even the more established banks … Consumers should be prepared to reward those who are competitive.”Jackie Rosen of RateSupermarket.ca, a website that allows consumers to compare banking fees and other rates, says the key is to do as much research as possible on the various products available.“You always have to compare who’s offering what and see what’s best for you,” says Rosen. “It’s always best to shop around.” read more

UN envoys hold meetings in Sudan on supporting African Union forces there

The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi and Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno, together with the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, held a meeting in Khartoum with the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Al-Tigani Fadhel, followed by a meeting with First Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha. Over the weekend, the three UN envoys visited Darfur, where they met with African Union officials and UN personnel operating in the area. Discussions focused on the humanitarian and security situation.Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended a three-phase approach for deploying forces in Darfur, with the first phase involving an authorized strength of 3,320. The second phase would entail deployments through August expanding the African Union mission to 5,887, and the final phase would require more than 12,000 military and police personnel to carry out a complex, multidimensional operation. read more

Oil prices push higher as Iraq refinery battle weighs on supply fears

Oil prices push higher as Iraq refinery battle weighs on supply fears The price of oil climbed Thursday as Iraqi troops and Islamic insurgents battled for control of the country’s largest oil refinery.By late Thursday the refinery remained in government hands. All of the facility’s output is used domestically so crude production and exports aren’t affected. But the violence underscores how the fighting may threaten the energy infrastructure that Iraq is rebuilding to meet global demand.The price of U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery rose 46 cents to $106.43 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 80 cents to US$115.06 a barrel in London, setting a fresh nine-month high.On Thursday, President Barack Obama said he was dispatching up to 300 U.S. military advisers to help quell the insurgency in Iraq. Though not specifically mentioning airstrikes, Obama also said he was leaving open the possibility of “targeted and precise military action” in the future.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose three cents to US$3.13 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose one cent to US$3.05 a gallon and natural gas fell eight cents to US$4.58 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2014 1:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Iraq UN educational agency condemns killing of Baghdad university professor

The United Nations educational agency in Iraq today condemned the killing of a professor at the University of Baghdad and urged authorities to investigate the murder.According to security reports, Dr. Ahmed Shakir, a specialist in cardio-vascular diseases and professor at the University’s Faculty of Medicine, was killed when a bomb planted in his car exploded on 1 July in Zaafaraniyya, south of Baghdad.“A clear message must be sent to the perpetrators that their acts will not go unpunished,” said Louise Haxthausen, Director of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Office (UNESCO) in Baghdad.“UNESCO condemns this terrible act and offers its deep condolences to Dr. Shaker’s family and friends, as well as his colleagues and students at the University of Baghdad,” Ms. Haxthausen added. Acts of violence committed against academics and scientists in Iraq remain a main cause of brain drain, eroding the human capital of the country, the UN agency said.Teachers and professors are the true advocates of durable peace and sustainable development in Iraq, added Ms. Haxthausen. read more

Windows 8 Release Preview ready for download in June

first_imgBeen waiting for something a bit more polished than the Windows 8 Consumer Preview before taking the new OS for a test drive? You don’t have much longer to wait. According to Microsoft, you’ll be able to download the Windows 8 Release Preview by the first week of June.That’s slightly behind schedule if you go by the Windows 7 timeline — its Release Candidate arrived in May ahead of the RTM in July and retail availability in October. Windows 8 is set to hit store shelves in October, too, so it’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft can smooth out all the rough edges despite the shorter gap between releases.The news was revealed by Microsoft’s Windows honcho Steven Sinofsky at Windows 8 Dev Days in Japan. Curiously, the company opted to use the old Windows logo in their slideshow instead of the newer, more Metro version. According to the official Building Windows 8 Twitter account, it’s just an oversight — there’s no going back now.As for what differences you can expect between the Consumer Preview and Release Preview, nothing has been officially revealed yet. One good possibility is stronger SkyDrive integration, what with the official launch of the desktop synchronization app for Windows and Mac and the availability of paid cloud storage upgrades.One thing that has been revealed is how much usage the Windows 8 Preview builds are getting. Microsoft says that they’re seeing twice as much usage of Windows 8 as they did with Windows 7 pre-releases over the same span of time. Maybe there are just that many more people who want to know where the Start Button has gone…More at V3last_img read more

65 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of northern California

first_img Dec 8th 2016, 3:45 PM 18 Comments 21,705 Views http://jrnl.ie/3128242 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share2 Tweet Email 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of northern California Seismologists said that no major tsunami threat was expected. Image: Earthquake.usgs.gov Image: Earthquake.usgs.gov A 6.5 MAGNITUDE earthquake has struck off the coast of northern California, but no major tsunami threat was expected, seismologists said.The epicentre of the quake, which hit at 6.49am (2.49pm GMT), was located 157 kilometres west of Ferndale, California at a depth of 10 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no Pacific-wide tsunami threat was expected from the event, and there was no specific threat to Hawaii.- © AFP, 2016More as we get it. Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 3:45 PM By AFPlast_img read more

Ambassador visits Greek schools

first_imgClarinda Primary and South Oakleigh College students united last Wednesday, honoured with a visit from the Greek Ambassador H.E. Haris Dafaranos and Mr Vasileios Gkokas, the Education Consul from the Greek Embassy, who alongside other officials visited Clarinda Primary School. South Oakleigh College principal, staff and students were also in attendance to promote the unique programs offered at both schools. In his speech to students, Mr Dafaranos stressed the importance of maintaining the Greek culture and heritage in the Australian setting. “Take pride in your culture for it is one of great beauty. Embrace the opportunities in Australia. Work hard to achieve. Your ancestry is precious and you have every opportunity to succeed,” the Greek Ambassador said. “The secondary students that attended the presentation are recent arrivals from Greece. Although they are excellent native speakers they need to gain confidence in their ability to speak English. To hear Mr Dafaranos speak so eloquently in both Greek and English about the Greek-Australian identity reminded them about who they are and what they represent,” said to Neos Kosmos Year 8 South Oakleigh College Modern Greek Teacher Sophie Stamatelatos. Meny Zapantis, head of Modern Greek at Clarinda Primary reinforced the Greek language is alive and well in the public sector. “The real gift was the visit by all officials who give support to our thriving programs. Greek is flourishing in both schools because of the calibre of students and families we’re attracting.” Both South Oakleigh College and Clarinda Primary offer Modern Greek at both beginners’ and advanced levels. Clarinda Primary has a Links and Stepping Up Program for kindergarten students, while South Oakleigh College offers Enrichment and Extension Activities for all year levels. For further information about programs offered at both schools, contact Jean Hellerud, principal of Clarinda Primary, (03) 9544 3231, and Trevor Smith, principal of South Oakleigh College (03) 9579 2322 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Local churchgoers celebrate Mother Teresas canonization

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – People across the globe celebrated the canonization of Mother Teresa, and South Florida was no exception.The Archdiocese of Miami held a celebratory Mass at St. Mary Cathedral in the area of Northwest Second Avenue and 76th Street, Sunday morning. Hundreds of people were in attendance, including nuns, clergymen and the Missionaries of Charity, an order founded by Mother Teresa.Archbishop Thomas Wenski led the ceremony. He later told 7News that we should continue to live by the values of her teachings. “I think Mother Teresa reminds us that there is no one who is so poor that he doesn’t have something to give, nor is there anyone so rich that he cannot receive from someone else,” he said.Mother Teresa passed away in 1997 at the age of 87. Just two years later, Pope John Paul II granted a special dispensation starting her fast track to sainthood.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Xbox One S AllDigital Edition vs Xbox One X Comparison and buying

first_imgEnlarge ImageAll three Xbox One devices side by side. The Xbox One X (left), the Xbox One S (center) and soon-to-be-released the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition (right).  Microsoft Microsoft’s new Xbox One S All-Digital Edition ($250, £200), due out May 7, differs from the existing Xbox One S ($300) in only a handful of ways:  It doesn’t have a 4K Blu-ray player, so it can’t read game or movie discs — or any kind of optical disc whatsoever.It weighs 1 pound less. It includes three games: Forza Horizon 3, the online multiplayer pirate game Sea of Thieves and Minecraft.Their specs and dimensions are otherwise identical, which is why we thought it’d be more interesting to pit the One S All-Digital Edition against the flagship Xbox One X to help you make a more-informed Xbox buying decision. Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. $370 at Walmart Console Graphics Xbox One X console only Xbox One S Minecraft bundle The Xbox One X’s inner workings, revealed Memory Now playing: Watch this: $319 $230 at Walmart Dimensions 120W, internal Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Microsoft Xbox One X Xbox One S: All-Digital Edition drops discs Processor 5:18 Ports Power supply Xbox One X Fallout 76 bundle 5.4 lbs. (2.45kg) $249 at Walmart $249 at Amazon $390 at Amazon $390 at Walmart 12 CUs (914MHz) 1.23 TF GPU By the numbers Xbox One X NBA 2K19 bundle Except for its lower price the One S All-Digital Edition doesn’t have any advantages over the more powerful One X. However, questions remain, namely how low will the prices for both consoles go, and how much is the One X’s extra power worth to you? It will also be interesting to see what new game bundles crop up and whether Microsoft offers a better deal on its upcoming Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a subscription service that includes Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold for $15 a month. That $180 per year price is the same as what you’d pay if you bought each separately and combined them. Specs match-up Console Optical Drive 4K HDR video playback, 4K HDR gaming (with select games) See it $217 at Walmart Just started a new campaign of Red Dead Redemption 2 on Xbox One X, and my goodness, the difference in fidelity compared to PS4 Pro is immediately noticeable. This is the best example of multiplatform superiority I’ve seen so far. It’s not even close— Jeff Bakalar (@jeffbakalar) November 8, 2018 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 8-core Jaguar “Evolved” CPU @ 2.3GHz 1TB Best current Xbox One console deals Storage $390 at Walmart $200 at Walmart Xbox One X Microsoft Sony 40 CUs (1,172MHz) 6 TF GPUcenter_img Xbox One S NBA 2K19 Bundle $225 at Amazon HDMI-in/HDMI-out, one front-facing and two rear-facing USB 3.0 ports, IR receiver/blaster, SPDIF digital audio, Ethernet port Video Output 11.81 in. x 9.45 in. x 2.36 in. (30cm x 24cm x 6cm) 4K UHD Blu-ray Xbox One X PUBG bundle 12GB of GDDR5 RAM When it was first released in November of 2017, reviewers spent plenty of time writing about the Xbox One X’s performance vs. that of Xbox One S (and Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro). As is evident from the specs above, it’s a much more powerful machine, but the problem when the One X first launched was that only a small number of games were certified “Enhanced for Xbox One X.” Also, with the One S able to upscale games to 4K resolution on a 4K TV, the lack of true native 4K games made it hard to see a significant difference between the two consoles’ output. $370 at Amazon Comment None 245W, internal Amazon Consoles 8GB of DDR3 RAM 8.4 lbs. (3.81 kg) Weight Amazon $370 at Walmart Today, however, the list of Xbox One X Enhanced games has grown, along with the number of native 4K games. Many games now look and play better on the Xbox One X. And while you need to own a 4K TV to take full advantage of the One X’s performance boost, it never hurts to have more power, even if you’re playing on a 1080p TV. Games load faster, the system is zippier overall, and some games may run more smoothly.   See Xbox One X on Amazon Price check The Xbox One’s list price is $499, but you can pick it up for $399 or even slightly less. As noted, the Xbox One S All-Digital’s launch price is $250 (£200), with Microsoft-developed titles Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3, and Sea of Thieves preinstalled on the drive.  If you forget the bundled games, the price delta for the two consoles is $150. But, the standard One S regularly sells for $250 or less — the Black Friday price was basically $200. And those deals invariably include one or more bundled games.    Personally, I’d argue that it’s worth spending the $150 extra on the One X if you have a 4K TV. But Microsoft has effectively said that the price of the One S All-Digital will always be $50 less than the standard One S, so $200 — or even less — should be well within reach by fall.  $370 at Amazon $230 at Amazon Share your voice 17 Photos See It $391 at Amazon Xbox One S All-Digital 3-game bundle Review • Xbox One X review: Is it worthy of the hype? 4K HDR video playback, 1080p HDR gaming $369 HDMI-in/HDMI-out, one front-facing and two rear-facing USB 3.0 ports, IR receiver/blaster, SPDIF digital audio, Ethernet port Tags 11.6 in. x 8.9 in. x 2.5 in. (29.5cm x 22.6cm x 6.4cm) 8-core Jaguar CPU @ 1.75GHz Walmart Xbox One S All-Digital Edition Preview • Xbox One X coming November 7 for $499: Everything we know 1TB 1 Microsoft Xbox One X Future-proofing: What about the next Xbox? And PS5? Obviously, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is a stripped-down, bargain version of the existing Xbox One. The real next-generation Xbox is still likely more than a year away — and could be announced as soon as this year’s E3 show in June.  So if an all-new next-gen Xbox is coming in 2020 or thereabouts, why bother with any Xbox now? Well, it took awhile, but Microsoft has made a strong commitment to backward compatibility with the Xbox One — it can play a huge chunk of the Xbox 360 library, and even some classic Xbox games. It’s a safe bet that whatever comes next will likely retain Xbox One compatibility, too — so any games you buy now are likely to be playable going forward. And Microsoft looks committed to cloud-based gaming too, so that box will likely be check in the new Xbox as well.  What about PlayStation? That console is still the 800-pound gorilla of the current generation, thanks in part to exclusive series like Uncharted, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn. (We assume if that’s your bag, you bought a PS4 long ago.) And Sony has already started outlining PlayStation 5 details, too, including support for 8K resolution and PS4 backward compatibility.  But again, PS5 and next-gen Xbox consoles are at least a year away. So if you want to start building an Xbox library now, look to the One S or One X for now. Xbox One S Battlefield V bundle $232 at Amazonlast_img read more

The ESRBs New InGame Purchases Label for Video Games is a HalfMeasure

first_imgStay on target Belgium Officially Declares Loot Boxes as a Form of Gambling [UPDATE]Belgium Looking Into Classifying Games like Battlefront II as Gambling If you’re a gamer or someone who watches the gaming industry, then you’ve heard about the controversy surrounding loot boxes. Though a staple of mobile gaming for years, loot boxes are relatively new for AAA games. Titles like Overwatch contain loot boxes, but few have a problem with such DLC in that title. Things changed late last year when nearly every major AAA game had loot boxes — most notably — Star Wars: Battlefront II. Unlike Overwatch, these titles were specifically designed around loot boxes. Players were practically forced to purchases loot boxes in order to make any meaningful progress. Things got so bad that places like Belgium and Hawaii threatened to regulate games with such DLC. Even now, lawmakers are debating what to do about these in-game purchases.Government intervention in the gaming industry echoes what happened in the early 90’s. Back then, officials sought to ban what they considered offensive or violent games. This lead to the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board: a self-regulating organization tasked with rating any and all video games. During the height of the loot box controversy, the ESRB explicitly stated it did not believe loot boxes are a form of gambling. Given the ESRB’s status, this proclamation could have been the end of the controversy. However, that wasn’t the case. Pressure from both politicians and consumers have pushed the ESRB to take things a bit further. Although, not exactly far enough.As reported by Kotaku, the ESRB announced it will add an “in-game purchases” label to video games. According to today’s press release, the label applies to “bonus levels, skins, surprise items (such as item packs, loot boxes, mystery awards), music, virtual coins and other forms of in-game currency, subscriptions, season passes and upgrades (e.g., to disable ads).” This all-encompassing label effectively applies to nearly every modern game on the market. Titles without any DLC are practically non-existent, especially in the AAA market.Interestingly enough, the catalyst for the new label — loot boxes — is not singled out. ESRB president Patricia Vance said the label isn’t designed to warn adult gamers about microtransactions in games. Rather, it is for the benefit of parents who buy games for their children. However, the ESRB did not want to overwhelm or confuse parents with an overabundance of information. The board wanted to keep things as simple as possible.“I’m sure you’re all asking why aren’t we doing something more specific to loot boxes,” said Vance. “We’ve done a lot of research over the past several weeks and months, particularly among parents. What we’ve learned is that a large majority of parents don’t know what a loot box is. Even those who claim they do, don’t really understand what a loot box is. So it’s very important for us to not harp on loot boxes per se, to make sure that we’re capturing loot boxes, but also other in-game transactions.”The big issue here is the random nature of loot boxes. Consumers do not actually know what they’re getting in a loot box. For example, a gamer may want to purchase a new high-end weapon. They can buy a loot box containing such weapons. However, there is a chance they may not get the specific item they want. This could make a consumer purchase multiple loot boxes in order to get a desired item. To many, this sounds exactly like gambling. Despite that, the ESRB still believes loot boxes are not a form of gambling.“We certainly considered whether or not loot boxes would constitute as gambling,” said Vance. “We don’t believe it does. We think it’s a fun way to acquire virtual items for use within the game.”In all honesty, the new label is rather redundant given the ubiquitous nature of DLC. Every game has DLC of some kind in it. Furthermore, it does little to assuage the concerns consumers and politicians have about loot boxes. Perhaps the new label will be enough to keep politicians from imposing regulations on games. After all, the last thing anyone wants is for the government to intervene in the gaming industry. However, the new label may not be enough. I suppose it’s too early to tell at this juncture. I’m going to assume the ESRB is talking with lawmakers behind the scenes about this subject even as we speak.So where do we go from here? After all, labels from the ESRB can only go so far. Now that game publishers see the negative reactions to loot boxes and similar DLC, it would be wise for them to reassess how to better implement this type of content. Overwatch has a loot box system gamers are generally happy with. This is because those loot boxes only offer cosmetic items. One doesn’t need a new hat or boots in order to progress. Loot box systems like those in Star Wars: Battlefront II, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and Need for Speed: Payback are what people take issue with. It’s not really my place to tell companies how to do business, but perhaps it would be best to leave loot boxes out of $60 games. Again, there are other forms of DLC a publisher can implement to generate additional revenue.I’m going to remain optimistic on this one. At the end of the day, video game companies are in the business of making money. They will surely stop doing anything hurting their bottom line. The (relatively) low sales of Star Wars: Battlefront II is no doubt making EA reassess loot box systems in their titles. I’m sure other publishers are going back to the proverbial drawing board as well. If that’s the case then perhaps, in the end, this whole controversy was necessary. The year is still young, so we’ll just have to wait and see how loot boxes will be implemented moving forward.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Gaming Software Improves Xray Quality Lowers Dose

first_imgRelated content:Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical CareSmart Speaker Technology Harnessed for Hospital Medical Treatments CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Related Artificial Intelligence ContentTechnology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017VIDEO: RSNA Post-game Report on Artificial IntelligenceVIDEO: AI in Tumor Diagnostics, Treatment and Follow-upVIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Help Reduce Gadolinium Dose in MRIVIDEO: AI, Analytics and Informatics: The Future is Here Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Related GE Edison Platform Content:GE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison PlatformVIDEO: itnTV Conversations — What is Edison? Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chief scientific advisor to DenseBreast-info.org and professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, spoke with ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane about some of the proposed amendments to the language being used for mammography reporting and quality improvement.Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement” AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains the “building bridges” theme of the 2019 AAPM meeting. This theme was the focus of her president’s address at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She spoke on the theme of diversity and how to break down the barriers between various minorities, male-female, religion, national origin, etc. She gave many photo examples of how we pigeon hole people into neat categories and that we often say we have equally in society, however her images showed recent images of big political summits where there are no women present, or they were the secretaries in the background. She said in medical practice, department administration and collaboration on projects, people need to be cognoscente of bias they have engrained by culture for which they may not even be aware.She showed a slide of the AAPM membership makeup by generation and said members need to keep in mind the way each generation thinks and communicates varies by their generation’s life experience and upbringing. McCollough said understanding these differences can help bridge perceived gaps in communication. Find more news and videos from AAPM. 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Alvi presented on this topic at American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: MRI Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. 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He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his center is working on a low-cost radiation therapy system for the developing world. The Nano-X system will use a fixed linac gantry and rotate the patient around the beam. This would lighten the weight of the system, reduce the need for room shielding, and cut the number iof moving parts to lower costs and ease maintanence. Liu spoke about the project in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Find more SCCT news and videos RSNA | April 03, 2019 VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018 ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies displayed on the expo floor at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. The video includes new technologies for fetal ultrasound, CT, MRI, mobile DR X-ray, a new generation of fluoroscopy systems, MRI contrast mapping to better identify tumors, and a new technique to create moving X-ray images from standard DR imaging.Watch the related VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Artificial Intelligence Technologies at RSNA 2018. This inlcudes a tour of some of the recently FDA-cleared AI technologies for medical imaging at RSNA 2018.  Find more SCCT news and videos CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. 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The analytics solution shows how all of the different components of the archive and all of the imaging sources — departments, facilities and modalities — are working across the enterprise. Information Technology | April 15, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the Future Vital Images has developed a strategy that allows its customers to capture revenues that are otherwise missed while building the infrastructure for the future. In an interview with itnTV, Vital Images executives Larry Sitka and Geoffrey Clemmons describe how the company has reconciled this vision of the future with near-term realities. 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He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article “CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders.” Advanced Visualization | April 01, 2019 VIDEO: The GE iCenter Looks Toward the Future of New Technologies GE Healthcare goes beyond core equipment maintenance to help clients solve some of their most important asset and clinical performance challenges through digital solutions. Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Technology Report: Digital Radiography Systems Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of digital radiography (DR) advances at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2016 meeting. Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch a technology report sidebar video on new DR Systems technology. Artificial Intelligence | April 02, 2019 itnTV “Conversations:” What is Edison? At RSNA 2018, GE Healthcare formally presented Edison as the company’s new applications platform, designed to speed the delivery of precision care.  Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D., University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health, interventional radiology fellow, is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab. Operators can use the conversational voice interface to retrieve information without breaking sterile scrub. The technology uses using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to rapidly provide information about device sizing and compatibility in IR.Seals spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference in Chicago in June. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Videos | X-Ray | December 07, 2015 Gaming Software Improves X-ray Quality, Lowers Dose Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy. Information Technology View all 220 items Radiation Therapy | December 06, 2018 Technology Report: Patient-centered Care in Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy has become increasingly effective and safe as vendors continue to innovate technologies that benefit the patient. At ASTRO 2018, this patient-centric approach was exemplified and demonstrated not only in ways that match treatments to patients, but in how technologies can adjust to patient movement and anatomical changes, and to increase the precision of treatments. ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr showcases several new technologies that are helping to advance this field.For additional patient-centered care coverage, see:Conversations with Greg Freiherr: The Accuray PhilosophyASTRO Puts Patients First Radiology Imaging View all 288 items Artificial Intelligence | July 12, 2019 VIDEO: The Economics of Artificial Intelligence Khan Siddiqui, M.D., founder and CEO of HOPPR, discusses the economic advantages and costs presented by artificial intelligence (AI) applications in radiology, as well as potential strategies for healthcare providers looking to add AI to their armamentarium, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Digital Pathology | July 11, 2019 VIDEO: Integrating Digital Pathology With Radiology Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and medical director of informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, explains how the subspecialty of digital pathology has evolved in recent years, the benefits of integrating pathology and radiology, and how artificial intelligence (AI) may smooth the transition, at the 2019 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Related Articles on Y-90 Radiotherapy:Current Advances in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyA Look Ahead in Targeted Radionuclide TherapyRadioactive Bead Therapy Now Used for Head, Neck TumorsNCCN Guidelines Recommend Y-90 Microspheres for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment Conference Coverage View all 396 items Artificial Intelligence | March 13, 2019 VIDEO: How iCad Uses AI to Speed Breast Tomosynthesis At RSNA 2018, iCad showed how its ProFound AI for digital breast tomosynthesis technology might help in the interpretation of tomosynthesis exams. Rodney Hawkins, vice president of marketing for iCad, discusses how this technology can better help detect the cancer.Related content:Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AIRSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not Replacing Related GE Edison Platform Content:VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison PlatformGE Healthcare Unveils New Applications and Smart Devices Built on Edison Platform Find more SCCT news and videos Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Nuclear Imaging | April 28, 2017 VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty. Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Find more SCCT news and videos Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison, healthcare IT consultant and Chris Roth, M.D., associate professor of radiology, vice chair, information technology and clinical informatics, and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke University Medical Center, about how to find the right people to deploy a successful enterprise imaging strategy.Watch part 1 of the interview at the 2019 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference. 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He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, interventional radiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, editor of IR Quarterly for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and on the Board of Directors for the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, explained how artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in pediatric imaging and the pitfalls of training AI systems. He spoke at the 2019 Radiology AIMed conference. Deep learning algorithms require large amounts of patient case data to train the systems to read medical images automatically without human intervention. However, in pediatrics, there are often much lower numbers of normal and abnormal scans that can be used compared to vast amounts of adult exams available. This makes it difficult to train systems, so AI developers are coming up with innovative new ways to train their software. Compounding issues with training pediatric imaging AI is that the normal ranges change very quickly for young children due to their rapid development. He explained what is normal for a 2-year-old may not be normal for a 5-year-old.Desai and other pediatric physicians who spoke at the conference said AI could have a big impact on pediatric imaging where there are not enough specialists for the increasing image volumes. CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floorcenter_img Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, describes how he and fellow researchers used multiple types of cardiac imaging to evaluate the health of athletes who compete in endurance events lasting six hours or more, and what the results may suggest for future screening.Watch the VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019, an interview with AHRA President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA. Artificial Intelligence | January 15, 2019 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2018 In Artificial Intelligence 2018: What Radiologists Need to Know About AI, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence (AI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Computed Tomography (CT) | January 08, 2016 RSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed Tomography Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of computed tomography (CT) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. The video includes Freiherr during his booth tours with some of the key vendors who were featuring new technology. Technology Reports | April 01, 2018 Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence 2017 ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 annual meeting.  AI was by far the hottest topic in sessions and on the expo floor at RSNA 2017. 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Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Digital Radiography (DR) | October 05, 2016 Agfa Highlights its DR Solutions Agfa highlights how its digital radiography (DR) systems capture analytics data to help improve management of the radiology department, show ROI on DR investments, and explains how its image processing software works.  Read the article “The Coming Push for DR.”  Watch the video “Technology Report: DR Systems.” Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Brachytherapy Systems | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: New Alpha Emitter Brachytherapy Seeds in Development Lior Arazi, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, explains the potential benefits of a new Radium-224 brachytherapy seed technology he is helping develop. The technology uses high-dose alpha particles to kill cancer cells, but has a very short tissue penetration, so it can be placed very close to critical structures without causing collateral damage to healthy tissue. He discussed this technology in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Sponsored Videos View all 142 items Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Find more news and videos from AAPM. Find more SCCT news and videos Researchers have developed software for the Microsoft Kinect gaming console that measures body part thickness and checks for motion, positioning and beam adjustment immediately before X-ray imaging, according to a feasibility study presented at the 2015 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The technology may help reduce radiation exposure and aid in higher quality images to ensure diagnostic accuracy. Microsoft Kinect was originally developed as a motion sensor and facial and voice recognition device for the Xbox gaming system that enabled players to play games without a standard controller. Subsequently, the technology has been adapted for select non-gaming applications. For this feasibility study, researchers combined the technology of the Microsoft Kinect 1.0 with proprietary software to address common problems that affect imaging results, including body-part thickness and motion. This fail-safe helps to reduce or eliminate common causes of unnecessary repeat image acquisition. Read the story Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical professor of medicine, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, is the name-sake of the Agatston score used in CT calcium scoring. He explains the history of the scoring system from the early 1990s and the evolution of CT technology for cardiac imaging. The latest American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 cholesterol guidelines now include the use of CT calcium scoring, which was a big topic at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. Women’s Health | March 25, 2019 VIDEO: Ultrasound Versus MRI for Imaging of the Female Pelvis Deborah Levine, M.D., professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, describes scenarios where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be more useful than ultrasound in issues with the female pelvis. Cardio-oncology | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Characterization of Cardiac Structural Changes and Function Following Radiation Therapy Magid Awadalla, MBBS, is an advanced cardiac imaging research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been involved in an imaging study of cardiac changes from photon radiotherapy in breast cancer patients using serial cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The radiotherapy beams used to treat breast cancer pass close to the neighboring heart, which can cause cardiac cell damage leading to issues like heart failure later on. He spoke on the topic of cardio-oncology at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting. Related CT Technology Content:New CT Technology Entering the MarketVIDEO: Advances in Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with David Bluemke, M.D.Expanding Applications for Computed TomographyVIDEO: Overview of Cardiac CT Trends and 2019 SCCT Meeting Highlights —Interview with Ron Blankstein, M.D., directVIDEO: 10 Tips to Improve Cardiac CT Imaging — Interview with Quynh Truong, M.D.FFR-CT: Is It Radiology or Cardiology?VIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018VIDEO: Using Advanced CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning — Interview with Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D.VIDEO: Tips and Tricks to Aid Cardiac CT Technologist WorkflowManaging CT Radiation DoseVIDEO: ITN Editor’s Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac CT Technology at SCCT 2017New Developments in Cardiovascular Computed Tomography at SCCT 2017VIDEO: Role of Cardiac CT in Value-based Medicine — Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.Advances in Cardiac Imaging Technologies at RSNA 2017VIDEO: The Future of Cardiac CT in the Next Decade — Interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.VIDEO: What to Consider When Comparing 64-slice to Higher Slice CT Systems — Interview with Claudio Smuclovisky, M.D.  CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting. It was designed specifically for cardiac imaging and so has a very compact footprint so it can be used in an office setting or small room. It offers a fast gantry rotation speed to freeze cardiac motion and has large enough anatomical coverage to view the scan the entire heart in one rotation.One of these systems was recently installed at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where they have an extensive structural heart program. Read more about this intall.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic CT Clinical Innovation Center, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering and the 2019 president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), shares her insights on the latest advances in computed tomography (CT) imaging technology. She spoke at the 2019 AAPM meeting. She also did an interview at AAPM on her president’s theme for the 2019 meeting – VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care.Find more news and videos from AAPM. Enterprise Imaging | April 26, 2019 VIDEO: A Transformative Approach to Reducing Cost and Complexity at CarolinaEast Health System CarolinaEast Health System, an award-winning health system in New Bern, N.C., was one of the first to collaborate with Philips to implement IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive managed service. Watch the video to see how we collaborated together to streamline workflows and improve interoperability for better care.Watch the related editorial interview VIDEO: Streamlining PACS Administration — Interview with Mike Ciancio, imaging systems administrator at CarolinaEast Health System. Radiation Oncology View all 91 items Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR, chief of medical physics, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, explains the first commercial use of the Zap-X stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) brain radiotherapy system. The system uses a capsule-like shield to surround the gantry and patient, eliminating the need for expensive room build outs requiring vaults. The goal of the system is to expand SRS brain therapy by making it easier and less expensive to acquire the treatment system. Sorensen spoke about this system in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018 VIDEO: Walk Around of the Veriton SPECT-CT System This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It’s CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” Read the article “Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition.” Molecular Imaging View all 22 items Find more news and videos from AAPM. Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” Artificial Intelligence | March 28, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence – GE Builds AI Applications on Edison Platform GE launched a new brand that covers artificial intelligence (AI) at the Radiological Socoety of North American (RSNA) 2018 meeting. The company showed several works-in-progress, including a critical care suite of algorithms and experimental applications for brain MR. Each is being built on GE’s Edison Platform. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Radiology Business | May 03, 2017 VIDEO: MACRA’s Impact on Cardiology Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging.  Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.Find more SCCT news and videos Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Breast Imaging | April 18, 2019 VIDEO: Age, Interval and Other Considerations for Breast Screening In a keynote lecture at the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D., dean’s professor of biostatistics at UC Davis Health, discussed risk-stratified breast cancer screening and its potential to improve the balance of screening benefits to harms by tailoring screening intensity and modality to individual risk factors.Read the article “How Risk Stratification Might Affect Women’s Health”Read the article “FDA Proposes New Rules for Mammography Reporting and Quality Improvement”Watch the VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Nuclear Imaging | August 24, 2017 VIDEO: Implementing CZT SPECT Cardiac Protocols to Reduce Radiation Dose Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology.” Read the related articles “Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging,”  and “Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging.” CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) scanner on display at the Society Of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2019 meeting in July. It is aimed at cardiology office based imaging and was released this past spring at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting.The system has removable tablets on each side of the scanner where the tech can adjust the machine, review scout scans and trigger the scanner. The idea is to improve workflow and allow the tech to remain at the bedside longer to be with the patient, rather tucked away in a remote control room using an intercom.The entire system is built into the gantry seen here, so there is no need for extra equipment in a closet, cabinet or server tower.It comes in a 128 slice configuration with 4 cm of anatomical coverage per rotation.It uses the Stellar detector and tin filtration to eliminate low energy photons and help lower dose. It can be programmed to aid workflow by automatically removing bone, create cured planar reconstructions, lung CAD and other post-processing features so more time can be spent on reading scans. The scanner also comes with a HeartFlow FFR-CT starter pack.Find more information on this system in these related articles:New Cardiovascular CT Technology Entering the MarketNew Technology Highlights on the ACC 2019 Exhibit Floor AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is creating guidelines to better define the roles of non-physicist assistants. He said there is a lack of state regulatory oversight for medical physicists or their assistants, partly because there are no guidelines from the medical societies. AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada, explains how her center is using machine learning to automate treatment plans. The center is one of the first to use the RayStation machine learning treatment planning system for radiation oncology. She spoke at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. Find more news and videos from AAPM. AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explains some of the trends in medical physics and new features of the AAPM 2019 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care — Interview with AAPM President Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., at the 2019 AAPM meeting. Radiation Oncology | May 13, 2019 Patient-first Innovations from Accuray at ASTRO 2018 At ASTRO 2018, Accuray showcased new patient-first innovations, including motion synchronization on Radixact, and the new CK VoLO, a fast optimizer on the CyberKnife system. Andrew Delao, senior director of marketing for Accuray, highlights the new features. Radiation Therapy | February 21, 2019 VIDEO: Whole Versus Partial Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Christy Kesslering, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, about the different radiation therapy options for breast cancer patients offered at the center.Watch the VIDEOs Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Brain Tumors with Vinai Gondi, M.D., director of research and CNS neuro-oncology at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center.Additional videos and coverage of Northwestern Medicine Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting.  Women’s Health View all 62 items Enterprise Imaging | January 14, 2019 Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging 2018 In Enterprise Imaging 2018: Balancing Strategy and Technology in Enterprise Imaging, ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting. Artificial Intelligence | April 17, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence in Radiology — Are We Doomed? At the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Symposium, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., MBA, chief strategy officer for Atrium Health, discusses his new role with Atrium, the hype cycle of artificial intelligence (AI) and the key elements of getting AI in radiology — and in healthcare — right.Read the article “Atrium Health Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill to Help Patients Access Medical Care”Listen to the podcast Is Artificial Intelligence The Doom of Radiology?, a discussion with Shrestha. Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Chris Tomlinson, CRA, FAHRA, and President-elect Jacqui Rose, CRA, FAHRA, discuss some of the most important clinical topics at the 2019 AHRA Annual Meeting and how the association plans to help its members embrace technological change in the coming years. Among the main focuses at the meeting were clinical decision support (CDS), artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of data analytics to improve equipment and personnel performance. Watch the VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes, an interview with Colorado State University graduate research assistant Nate Bachman at AHRA 2019. Related CT Calcium Scorining Content:VIDEO: New Cholesterol Guidelines Support CT Calcium Scoring for Risk Assessment — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D.CT Calcium Scoring Becoming a Key Risk Factor AssessmentACC and AHA Release Updated Cholesterol Guidelines for 2018VIDEO: CT Calcium Scoring to Screen For Who Should Take Statins — Interview with Matthew Budoff, M.D. Technology Reports View all 9 items Interventional Radiology | October 19, 2018 VIDEO: Y90 Embolization of Liver Cancer at Henry Ford Hospital Scott Schwartz, M.D., interventional radiologist and program director for IR residencies and the vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, explains how the department uses Yttrium-90 (Y90) embolization therapy to treat liver cancer.Find more content on Henry Ford Hospital Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2019 meeting in July. The system was pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval at AHRA, but received FDA 510(k) clearance in early August 2019.The system features a 33-inch aperture, large enough to place a wheelchair inside. It can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction and the deck can be parked in any position, making it easier for patients to get on and off the 660-pound weight table. The FluoroSpeed X1 offers controls that are ergonomic for technologists, with duplicate controls on each side for either a left- or right-handed tech. The machine also has a large aperture to allow swallow studies.The FluoroSpeed X1 comes equipped with a 17 x 17-inch dynamic digital X-ray detector (FPD) in the table bucky, allowing it to both be used for fluoroscopy as well as radiographic exams.Read more about the FluoroSpeed X1:Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:42Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:42 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J London’s Heathrow Airport has advised airlines and passengers to expect delays on 30 November as its UK Border Agency immigration officers walk off the job.The international airport said in an online statement that it is in the midst of discussions to minimise disruptions for inbound and outbound passengers and suggested travellers keep up to date with status update from carriers.“We recommend that you keep in touch with your airline to check the status of your flight or onward connection and for any advice about travel on that day,” the statement from Heathrow read. “We will publish further passenger information on the website when it is available.”British Airways has also cautioned its customers, expecting passengers arriving at Gatwick or any other London City airport to expect delays and said it monitoring the situation closely.“If you are arriving or departing on a UK Domestic flight on 30 November you will, as standard, not need to pass through any UKBA check points so will proceed as normal,” the carrier’s online update read.While international arrivals have the option to change their arrival date into London from the 30 November to 28 & 29 November as well as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 December.Click here for Qantas’ waiver of conditions for travellers flying into Heathrow on 30 November 2011last_img read more

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